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Away Day Blues

Year of composition
Easy (Grades 1-3)
3 minutes
Jazz music and Blues music
Jazz combo

Away Day Blues is a simple trad jazz tune I penned after my football team suffered a last-minute defeat in an away match. I feel the tune pretty much sums up my mood at the time!

Please check out the recording for a sort-of realistic rendition. The last play-through of the tune in the recording is done with other instruments improvising around the tune for a proper Dixieland feel. I wholeheartedly recommend this - it adds so much to the overall feel if you've got other instruments noodling around. The slow, simple chord progression makes this a really good tune for people who are newer to jazz & improvisation.

There are no lyrics at the moment, but I wouldn't mind having a go at writing some. If your band would like to sing it as well as play it then let me know - michael.roberts@ucl.ac.uk - and I'll take that as motivation to write some words!

Hope you enjoy it :-)

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